By Will James

Hometown Sports 

Many of the key players being called to center stage Friday evening are new to the spotlight, but the excellence of the teams remains the same when the Monterey Trail Mustangs square-off with the Folsom Bulldogs in a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division-1 playoff semi-final battle.

This contest marks a rematch of the 2018 SJS D-1 Championship Game played at Sacramento State; and will be presented on Access Sacramento‘s Hometown Sports Game of the Week.  The live telecast begins at 6:30 pm and may be seen in Sacramento County on Comcast or Consolidated Communications Cable channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14.  The game will also be streamed live on the NFHS Network.

Monterey Trail #20 Caleb Ramseur scoring a touchdown vs. Pleasant Grove

Monterey Trail (11-1, 5-0) Head Coach, T.J. Ewing will bring his run-heavy Veer Offense into Prairie City Stadium as a distinct underdog, whose bite though, has been fierce and furious this season, averaging 40 points-per-game.

The Metro League champion Mustangs are guided by Quarterback Viktor Timonin, whose arsenal includes standout Running backs Caleb Ramseur (1190 yds., 10 TD), Otha Williams (832 yds., 16 TD), Prophet Brown (592 yds., 9 TD), and Chris Lands (418 yds., 6 TD).  Wide receivers Antonio Williams and Kevin Adams have cashed-in 10 of their 22 receptions for touchdowns.

On defense, the rampaging Mustangs have grabbed 24 turnovers and registered 31 sacks.  Linebackers Marcus Jones, Nekhi Broadway, and Defensive back Antonio Williams have amassed 270 tackles.

Folsom Quarterback Jake Reithmeier

Sierra Foothill League champion Folsom (10-1, 6-0) Head Coach, Paul Doherty, will attack the Mustangs’ defense with a formidable aerial assault engineered by Quarterback Jake Reithmeier.  The senior QB has regulated the Bulldogs’ Spread offense to the tune of and average 49 points-per-game.  Reithmeier’s 63% passing has produced 2,548 yards and 32 TDs.

Stellar Wide receivers Elijah Badger and C.J. Hutton have teamed for 122 receptions and 26 TDs, while Running back Daniyel Ngata has balanced the offense, rushing for 506 yards and 11 TDs.

Linebackers Dylan Richard, Alex Wong, and Davion Blackwell, and Defensive Ends Deshawn Lynch and Jake Melander anchor the Bulldogs’ opportunistic defense.

Monterey Trail is 5-1 on the road, and Folsom is 5-1 at home this season, setting-up an attractive rematch in this high profile game that’s sure to draw a capacity crowd at Prairie City Stadium and a major television viewing audience for Access Sacramento’s Hometown Sports Game of the Week.  Select your source and enjoy the game that’s sure to produce wild excitement and an abundance of thrilling plays.